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Neem Oil (Azadirachta Indica Seed Oil)

The Neem or Margosa tree originates from India and Sri Lanka and belongs to the Mahogany  tree family, Meliaceae. It is a tall evergreen and can grow to a height of up to 30m and often lives for more than 200 years. The tree is also known as the Indian Lilac as the small scented flowers resemble the European Lilac.

The root network of the tree is relatively large, which gives it the ability to grow in poor and dry soil.

The tree has been widely cultivated and is know found on many continents where the climate is suitable; Africa, Australia, Americas. The seeds, which are similar to Olives yield up to 40% oil upon pressing.

The expressed oil has been thoroughly researched and has been shown to have anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and insect-repellent properties, which have been attributed to the Azadirachtin content; a complex Limonoid compound.

 

The cold pressed oil, which has the highest quality, has a characteristic harsh acrid odour and is green/brown in colour with a melting point of 20C (below which it is a solid fat)

 

Average fatty acid content:

Saturated fats

Myristic acit 2.6%

Palmitic acid 13.6% 14.9%

Stearic acid 14.4% - 19.1%

Unsaturated fats

Oleic acid 49.1% 61.9%

Linoleic acid 7.5% - 15.8%

Linolenic acid 0,5%

 

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